HP Releases Moonshot Server

HP Moonshot promises to use less energy, less space, and address current IT challenges.

HP recently released the first commercially available HP Moonshot system, which uses up to 89 percent less energy, 80 percent less space, and costs 77 percent less than traditional servers, according to the company. The HP Moonshot system (“the world’s first software-defined server”) is designed to address the IT challenges of social, cloud, mobile, and big data.

“With nearly 10 billion devices connected to the internet and predictions for exponential growth, we’ve reached a point where the space, power, and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable. HP Moonshot marks the beginning of a new style of IT that will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the next 20 billion devices,” said Meg Whitman,
President and CEO of HP.

The HP Moonshot system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and optimized HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. The HP ProLiant Moonshot server is available with the Intel Atom S1200 processor and supports web-hosting workloads. The system will support up to 1,800 servers per rack, and the servers share management, networking, power supply, and cooling components. HP Moonshot 1500 – a 4.3u server enclosure – is equipped with 45 Intel-based servers, one network switch, and supporting components. Pricing for this setup begins at US$ 61,875.

HP Moonshot is available now in the United States and Canada and is expected to be available in Europe, Asia, and Latin America in May 2013.